What a rainy day we are having this morning. I’m thankful for the rain and the bit of coolness that it brings. Makes for a quiet day at home to embroider, and read.
I pulled out Mackinac Island Fudge coffee this morning for a pick-me-up and the girls like it too.
I want to remind you to be sure to pick up the free cross stitch letter “q” this week. I will be changing it out early Wednesday morning so you still have a couple of days.
Finally, and this is the first time I’ve shared this with you all, I’m working on getting Embroidery It up on Shopify.
There are several reasons for this. I think it is a good next step. I’ve still struggled with getting my own website shopping cart system working here. I just don’t know enough yet and if I had problems with the shopping cart, I wouldn’t know how to fix them. Shopify is more like Etsy in that they handle the payments securely and safely for everyone and I’ve heard wonderful things about Shopify. I think I can basically sell directly here on my website and then when you click to buy, it will take you over to Shopify. Still working out the details on that. On Shopify, I can arrange my designs in a way that will be easier for customers to navigate and find. Shopify will cost me less money. It is a monthly fee plus a small percentage that will be less than what Etsy charges.
It is a learning curve for sure though. Some of my pictures show up dark. I think I need a different photo editing software to correct this problem.
I won’t be leaving Etsy so for those of you who love Etsy, you will still be able to find me there. Etsy has a special place in my heart as that is where I started. Finally, I think it is a good thing to be a couple of places in that if Etsy ever decided to shut down for who knows why…I have a back up going. Or, if Shopify went away, I would still have Etsy.
Shopify will have a newsletter sign-up form and if all works as planned, it will merge with the one here so you won’t need to sign up again.
Update July 20, 2016 – At this time I’m no longer moving forward with Shopify. It still is not giving me what I want in a website. Pooh! I just need to get my own website here up and running properly.
That’s all for now…Have a wonderful day friends, no matter what the weather is like in your area.
Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of creating an Embroidery design.
Here I am in the Embroidery It studio. First I sketch my designs on my sketch pad. I always use a pencil and sometimes colored pencils.
Then I transfer the design to the computer using embroidery software. (I use Generations, but there are a number of different ones out on the market. Most have a 30 day trial so if you are looking for one, try several to see which feels the most intuitive to you) What you see in front of the computer is an electronic sketch pad or tablet and pen. I use a Wacom, but again there are several different ones out there.
All my designs are digitized by hand. I never use auto digitizing. Also, all designs at Embroidery It are my own artwork. You will not find these designs elsewhere.
After the design is digitized, I test it out on my embroidery machine. Sometimes what I think looks good in my head and on paper doesn’t always translate well to thread and fabric.
I make any computer changes to the design as is necessary and stitch the design again.
When I’m satisfied with the design I gather it in all the formats.
I also photograph the finished design.
Then I put the design in my Etsy shop and I write about it here!
And that is what goes into the making of a design.
Want to add the extra sparkle to a child’s t-shirt or as a pretty element on an Easter Basket? Set of 4 applique Easter eggs that any little girl will love. Made easily in your 4 x 4 hoop. Just sew or glue rhinestones in place.
I’m typing this on a very cold and blustery morning. Snow covers the ground and I keep replenishing the bird seed in the feeder for all the hungry creatures. Even the squirrels come to nibble on the ground what the birds drop. Precious sight to see the bright red of the cardinals against the snow.
While my home is decorated for Valentine’s day, it is time to start thinking ahead as the next holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. With St. Patrick’s Day, we know spring will be just around the corner.
To get us ready for St. Patrick’s Day, the Banner Shamrock will add lively color to our home. Pair it with some banner alphabet letters to make a welcoming sign. It is made to be the perfect size to go with the letters.
An important thing to note…The buttonholes are the last color to stitch in the design. This means it is easy to eliminate them as you don’t have to stitch them. By doing this, you can use this shamrock design as an applique on a shirt, tote bag or towels!
There are two designs in this set. One where the shamrock stem points left and the other right so choose which works best for your project.
Stay warm friends and have some fun stitching some green for a change.
Thank you so much for requesting more of the candy holders. I’m pleased to let you know that the Christmas Candy Holder set has now been released and is available in the Etsy shop.
This is the PERFECT time for you to use that Embroidery glitter fabric or other fun fabric you have in your stash. Glittery fabric absolutely sparkles on the Christmas tree. Burlap is so popular right now and these ornaments work well with that as well. Also think about stitching on some beads or buttons. How sweet would that be!
These candy holder designs can be used as Christmas ornaments, attached to a package, place settings at the table, hung on doorknobs or hung on garland that spirals up the staircase. Let your imagination go!
A pine tree, wreath and bell are the three designs in the set and all are made in your 4 x 4 hoop. Step-by-step instructions included with many color photos.
Hop on over today and you can whip up a bunch this afternoon for your Christmas decorating.
And because I know many of you will be asking, I got my glitter fabric from BFC-Stash.
life is good and precious so be creative daily and live life beautifully
I finished the garden flag I had been working on for my dear brother and Sister-in-law. I embroidered the design onto ogsnaburg fabric which you can find at the store located with the utility fabrics. Then I stitched on the ribbon stripes and finally backed it with duck cloth. When turned right side out I did a bit of topstitching around the edge as well. I didn’t use a pattern, just kind of winged the design myself using an existing garden flag for the approximate size. For the finishing touch I added a bow out of the same ribbon that was made the stripes. I think I need a bit of bow making practice. 🙂
This was the first one I made and have now made a couple more since using burlap which was fun to stitch on. In hindsight, I wish I would have bought some purple Kansas State wildcat fabric to create the monogram letter R. Maybe I will just have to make them another one next year.
The small font was built into my machine but the applique letter “R” is from 8 Claws and a Paw.
I want to give you a quick reminder to be sure to grab the “Let’s Celebrate Pennant Banner H” now available for FREE at the bottom of the home page.
Also, I would like to ask a favor of you. Instead of just sharing the letter H with your embroidery friends, would you be so kind to send them over here to my website and let them grab it from here. Also let them know to sign up for my weekly newsletter so I can update them as each new letter is released as well as inform them as to the goings on here at Embroidery It. It would mean the world to me!
You are getting your homes all spiffed up in beautiful colors of golds reds and browns. Fall is such a gorgeous time of year.
To help with your decorating needs The Banner Acorn has been released. It is designed to coordinate with the Banner Letters which are available in the Etsy store. You can get the Banner Acorn HERE.
The banner items can be used to decorate your front door, office, classroom, dorm room and camper. They are a freestanding applique that you can use any fabric to match your room. The button holes are the final stitch stop and can be eliminated so the acorn becomes an applique which is perfect for a fall hot pad or placemats and more!
As for me, I’ve been spending time doing some fall cleaning and adding my fall décor touches here and there in our home which gives it a feeling of warmth and coziness on these cooler days.
It has been a good week. We’ve been to visit Emily at college and meet some of her sorority sisters as well as take her out to dinner one evening.
I feel productive in that we have accomplished much around the house this week so things just feel in order and feel peaceful. I need that. I strive for calm and peace in our home. More often than not it isn’t this way. It isn’t necessarily chaos, but I don’t like it when I have that nagging feeling that this or that needs to be done. So as I go to bed tonight I am thankful.
But before I go to bed, I want to give a quick reminder to grab the Let’s Celebrate Banner Letter G while it is free on the website homepage. It will be here until Wednesday when I will change it to the letter H. After that point it goes up for sale in the Embroidery It Etsy shop.
Sending each of you a warm hug and I’m hoping you have had a simply wonderful week.
The letter F in the Let’s Celebrate machine embroidered banner has just been released. Get it for free this week down at the bottom of my home page. All previous letters are available in the Embroidery It Etsy store for just $1.50 each.
You can use these letters to create words and make decorations for a party. Or you can spell out seasonal words and phrases and use the banner as a home décor item. Banners are hugely popular these days and creating these banners is a fun, easy and quick project.
The letters have just a hint of applique and the edges are intentionally left a little big raggedy for that homespun look. I’ve stitched mine that you see in the photos on felt and then trimmed about 1/4 inch outside the decorative stitching with pinking shears.
Since I’ve been back from Kansas I’ve spent a little time playing with my new embroidery machine. I also took a class on it yesterday. I’m still pinching myself each time I go into my sewing room. Dreams really do come true friends!
So in addition to the oversized monograms that I’ve been creating, I’ve also been just playing around and trying out the different features of the machine. Here what I did was combine a design with built in lettering and worked on lining it all up and centering it.
One of the things I’m doing is I’m making some garden flags as Christmas gifts. I’m doing the embroidery on burlap as that is so popular these days. I used a tear away stabilizer on the back. The large split letter is from 8 Claws and a Paw and the smaller letters are built into my embroidery machine.
Burlap appliques quite nice. In the top two photos, burlap was hooped.
Now this next design was stitched onto osnaburg fabric. You can find this fabric in with the utility fabrics at your local JoAnn’s. I LOVE osnaburg. It is a natural cotton and I use it in a lot of projects, particularly when I make rag quilts. Anyway, I learned something about my machine. Here I am using the 8 x 14 hoop. I have hooped the osnaburg as well as the tear away stabilizer. Osnaburg is lighter weight in comparison to the burlap. I just could not get a tight enough hooping that I had a problem with puckering. Next time I should try using the screw driver to tighten the hoop and also I think that with using the large hoop that it might be wise to use an adhesive to attach the fabric to the stabilizer.
There is a learning curve to this machine for sure!
What is on your embroidery machine these days? I’d love to hear!
Let’s Celebrate Pennant Banner letter E has just been released and is available right here for free for one week only. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page to instantly download the machine embroidery file. Embroidery Design is available in PES, JEF, HUS, VIP, VP3 and DST. It requires a 5 x 7 embroidery hoop.
It was a sad day for me as I had to say good bye to my dear friend Laura. I’m leaving on vacation and when I return she will be gone and getting settled in the great southwest state of Arizona. Laura is both my neighbor and also my gym buddy. Knowing we would meet at the gym is what would help keep me motivated to get up and go. I hate exercise.
Having lived in Arizona, twice, I know how southwest décor is very popular down there so I made a couple of hand towels with chili peppers to help her feel like she is fitting in. 🙂
I took some twine and tied it in a bow for an added embellishment and stitched it in place.
A very quick note here to remind you to grab the letters U, V, W and X for free down at the bottom of my home page. They will be replaced with the letters Y and Z tomorrow. As always, you will be able to find them in the Embroidery It Etsy Shop.
Following that I am away with the family for two weeks. A new series will begin once I return.
I hope you are all having the very BEST of summers!